Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg last week told Bloomberg that the online social-networking site will increase its staff numbers by as much as 50 percent this year.

In the August 20 interview, Zuckerberg said the recession was helping Facebook. "No one else has been hiring," said Zuckerberg. "It's been a great environment for us because the economy has helped out."

The move comes just months after social network rival MySpace announced that it was slashing two-thirds of its workforce.

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Facebook currently has more than 250 million registered users.

Facebook currently employs more than 900 employees, according to its website, and Zuckerberg suggested that he wanted to build the staff to around 2,000.

Reports suggest that Facbook revenues will be up 70 percent in 2009, and recently bought FriendFeed for $50m.

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